The lines of life : theories of biography, 1880-1970 /
David Novarr.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 1986.
xvii, 202 p. ; 24 cm.
0911198792 :
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West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, 1986.
0911198792 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 167-193.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-10:
This book is the work of a scholar-teacher occupied for the past 40 years with the ``critical study of ``biographic technique.'' He is therefore well equipped to face the problem outlined in his preface: the lack of a systematic study of theory and criticism that would be of easy access to readers and writers alike. The years 1880-1970 are significant. Beginning with Leslie Stephen, we find a growing awareness of biography as a genre in its own right, apart from the art of the novelist or historiographer. In the last two decades, interest in the ``archetectonics of a life'' has grown phenomenally, resulting in various new theories and approaches. The study of that latter period, however, the author leaves to others (e.g., William Epstein, Ira B. Nadel). His fear is that in the burgeoning of literary theories the contributions of the past may be overlooked. The study is enhanced by a penetrating preface and conclusion, as well as ample notes and bibliography. It is the type of book that should be in every research library; it should also prove useful in undergraduate libraries.-D. Kolker, Cleveland State University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
To 1920p. 1
The Twentiesp. 33
The Thirtiesp. 65
To the Mid-Fiftiesp. 97
To 1970p. 117
Conclusionp. 151
Notesp. 167
Indexp. 195
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